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11. Words of Parting

Anger is on me
As I imagine
Tongues uprooted
Callously,
Their speakers bribed
Or lulled or threatened
Their worlds aborted
Unloved children,
Ancestors gagged
Backs turned on them,
New mongrel buzzes
Taking the space
Of whispered promises.

Nicholas Ostler, 4.xii.1998

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